Related insights: Retail

Face coverings in stores from 24 July – a logical step?

22 Jul 2020
While the Government's announcement on Tuesday 14 July was not a complete surprise, the lack of a properly thought through plan behind the move to compulsory wearing of face coverings in stores and supermarkets has caused some consternation amongst retailers and consumers alike. 

Charities: getting back to business

15 Jun 2020
After three months of lockdown, thousands of non-essential shops and department stores have finally started to reopen and our high streets are slowly starting to come back to life.

In this article we explore what charity shops (an essential source of many charities' incomes) should be doing before and when reopening their doors, as well as looking at how the charity sector in general can be using digital to help recover from COVID-19. 

Retailers win battle over ATM business rates

21 May 2020
There has been some good news for retailers at last in these challenging trading conditions following the long awaited decision by the Supreme Court in the Cardtronics' case. Following on from the Court of Appeal decision which ruled that ATMs in supermarkets, shops and petrol stations are not separately rateable a decision which was reported to see retailers able to claim business rates rebates of an estimated £300 million the Supreme Court has now dismissed the appeal from the VOA against that earlier decision.

COVID-19: moving towards re-opening non-food retail premises

28 Apr 2020
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 which includes provisions setting out those businesses which can remain open during the current lock-down period and those which must remain closed, are next due for review no later than Thursday 7 May. The regulations also specify that as soon as the Secretary of State considers that any restrictions or requirements set out in these regulations are no longer necessary to prevent, protect against, control or provide a public health response to the incidence or spread of coronavirus, they must publish a direction terminating that restriction or requirement. That direction could relate to a variety of businesses and premises, or may be more narrowly constructed, as the UK finds its way out of lock-down.

Leases, retailers and COVID-19

13 Mar 2020
On 11 March 2020 the chief of The World Health Organisation (WHO) labelled the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic. The WHO has called for "urgent and aggressive action" and emphasised the need to "strike a fine balance between protecting health and minimising disruption".

Report reveals tipping point for online retail - to reach 53% by 2028

08 Jul 2019
Online shopping will account for more than 50% of retail sales (up from 19% currently) in the next ten years according to a new report, The Digital Tipping Point. Commissioned by law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) the report reveals that this growth will be powered by three primary factors: the changing demographic of the UK adult population, the development of faster, cheaper, in-home deliveries and fewer physical stores. However there are also potential risks ahead for retailers that don't prioritise data security when embracing the new technologies needed to thrive in a digital future.